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Softball Games Now Being Played 

It seems as though many of the 
Pershing boys are a mite down¬ 
hearted lately. The school officials 
have decreed that the hoys must 
take health in gym once a week! 

I am informed that, the girls have 
been suffering under this burden 
for some time without a word, but 
you must understand that we mus¬ 
cular, and lively boys need a chance 
to rest our fertile minds and get 
fresh air and sunshine. 

Of course, all we have to do for 
both of these is to miss a question 
in class discussion. Then we get 
a deluxe duck-walking tour of the 

Seriously, though, we do get 
something out of it and we still 
have the other four days for base¬ 
ball, swimming, football, etc. 

Which brings up another topic. 
Now-a-days a fellow has a very 
difficult job deciding which team 
to try out for. Should he lend his 
powerful muscles and speed to the 
baseball team? Or should he set 
his goal for swimming or track? 

While making his decision the 
try-outs come to an end and he 
hasn’t made even a feeble attempt 

“High School Daze” 

On the night of March 2, the 
Dramatic Club presented a play 
entitled “High School Daze” for 
the P.T.A. Fred Hubele, Stephanie 
Bender, and Sandra Scarborough 
played the leading roles. 

Fred had the part of Dan Arnold, 
a shy awkward football player. 
Sandra played Marge Andrews, a 
school siren. Stephanie Ben- 
uer portraye.. Jane, the girl who 
was very interested. in her friend’s 
problem. ■ 

The other players were: Marilyn 
Nathan as Gloria, Patty Coon as 
Mrs. Warren, Doug Cunningham 
as Jimmy, and L. D. Harms as 
Billy. Mrs. Alice Long sponsors 
the Dramatic Club. 



The annual Easter Pageant will 
again be presented in Miller Memor¬ 
ial Theatre in Hermann Park. The 
Houston’s YMCA and the YWCA 
senior high school clubs will com¬ 
pose the cast of approximately 100 

This year’s program, scheduled for 
April 18, will begin promptly at 
5:00 P.M. and continue until sun¬ 
rise. In the past years between 6,000 
and 8,000 people witnessed the an¬ 
nual presentation. 

Under the joint supervision of the 
YMCA and the YWCA, the 1954 
pageant is being directed by Kiki 
Gray, well known director of the 
Houston Civic Theatre. Mr. Francis 
Gilbert, who has narrated the event 
for several years will again serve in 
this capacity. The Milby High Choir 
will furnish the music. 

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Below are listed adjectives describ¬ 
ing students found around Peishing. 
The first letter from each word has 
been omitted. When you complete 
each word you will discover the 
names of the Mystery Pandas. 








..dor able 

....eart throb 
....tomic power 
....oman tic 
.... arling 





at any of them. 

“Oh, well,” he says. “I’d have 
never made any of them at any 
rate.”- Maybe he could—if he had 

Touch football intramurals are 
over and congratulations are due 
the captains and teams of the fol¬ 
lowing homerooms: Brannen, Ben¬ 
der, Moreland, and Malone. They 
are champions all. 

An argument has arisen in some 
homerooms about various intramur¬ 
als. The girls say that the boys 
should watch the intramural games 
such as deck tennis to encourage 
them to make greater victories and 
the boys say they wanted the same 
: things from the girls during foot- 
! ball intramurals but didn’t get it. 

I No matter whose side you’re on, 

I’ll be back next month with this 
column. It’s too late to cancel your 
subscription so there’s just no es- 
1 caping it. 

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'Swimming Classes 
Learn New Strokes 

| Swimming is becoming a popular 
! sport with the girls these days. 

Two days a week they jump into 
an icy pool and do “bobs,” which 
is a breathing exercise. Each day 
they progress five bobs, 
j The girls have been learning the 
[ breast stroke, racing back stroke, 
j and surface diving. 

At the end of the year they will 
take a test and be ranked in dif¬ 
ferent classes. 


Seeing Double 

Have you been feeling tired late¬ 
ly ? Have you been walking down 
Pershing’s halls only^ to find you 
are seeing double? Before you have 
your eyes examined, lend an ear. 
Nine times out of ten, you are 
seeing twins! Pershing is host to 
not one pair, not two pair’s, but 
five pairs of twins. 

Jane and Josephine Hewitt are 
our seventh grade twins. They were 
born on February 13, 1941 and they 
are thirteen years old. Mrs. Fer¬ 
rell’s H-7 homeroom has the pleas¬ 
ure of being their classmates. 

We have several eighth grade 
twins. Larry and Gloria Glisan, who 
are in Mrs. Long’s H-8 homeroom, 
have younger twin sisters. They 
were all in The Houston Press twins 
contest. Larry and Gloria are thir¬ 
teen years old and were born on 
December 12, 1940. 

Elizabeth and Isabella (Bitty and 
Bell) Hodgson were born on De¬ 
cember 16, 1940. They are thirteen 
years old and are in Mr. Hansen s 
L-8 homeroom. 

Joan Garrett is in Mrs. Robert¬ 
son’s H-8 homeroom while her 
brother, John is in Miss Hornak’s 
L-9 homeroom. Joan and John are 
fourteen years old and were born 
on July 24, 1939. 

Bill Swanson is also in Miss Hor¬ 
nak’s homeroom while his brother, 
Bob, is in Mrs. High’s L-9 home¬ 
room. They were born on June 15, 
1938 and are fifteen years old. 

Don’t feel badly if you never see 
our twins together. It is very rare 
that anyone does! 

I Musical Center j 

| Instruments Loaned to f 

I Beginners !; 

5 • Band Inst. • Accordian !; 

\ • Guitar • Violin 

$ # Popular Piano # U-WL. 

Girls Learn First Aid 

The girls ninth grade classes are 
studying first aid once a week un¬ 
der the direction of their gym teach¬ 

So far they have studied first aid ] 
for shock, wounds and bruises, 
bleeding, special wounds and eye 
injuries, artificial respiration and 


Girls Deck Tennis 
Jntramurals Held 

The deck tennis intramurals have 
finally gotten underway and much 
enthusiasm has been shown by the 

The ninth grade have had their 
playoffs with Leggett’s homeroom 
emerging victorious after an inter¬ 
esting bout with Corson’s home¬ 
room. Both teams showed a great | 
deal of team spirit and both played i 
very good games. 

As the CHATTER goes to press, 
j the eighth grade champ is still 
unknown. In the playoff is Moore’s 
homeroom and Long’s homeroom. 
This should be a good game as 
both are well qualified for the cham¬ 

The seventh graders are just 
starting their intramurals and no 
winners have yet been decided, 



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missioner of education. 

Representing Pershing Student ; 
Council at this - conference were 
Kathleen Bowlin, K. Montgomery, 
John Biggs, and Tom Mayor. They 
participated in discussion groups 
centered around the Conference 
Theme, “Student Council—Practice 
Ground for Responsible Citizen- 
j ship.” 

[ To inform the student body of 
Pershing of their* Council a small 
! mimeographed pamphlet was dis¬ 
tributed and read in each homeroom. 
This pamphlet entitled “Becoming 
Familiar With Your Student Coun¬ 
cil,” described the work of the 
council and plans for spring proj¬ 

The office display case was used 
as an information center for the 
council. In it was a picture of Gov¬ 
ernor Shivers signing the proclama¬ 
tion, the council’s Constitution and 
various other informational forms. 
Other displays were used to ad¬ 
vantage in the cafeteria and the 

It is the hope of the council that 
“Student Council Week” will help 
each and every student to better 
understand or be more informed on 
their own council. 


How Observant 
Are You? 


1. Depends. 2. No. 3. Sixteenths, j 
4. 88. 5. Yes. 6. Monticello. 7. 4. 

8. Left. 9. Q. 10. Counter-clock¬ 
wise. 11. Tablet bearing date of : 
Declaration of Independence. 12. 
Left side. 13. Three; two. 14. De¬ 
pends. 15. Yes. 16. 64. 17. 52 not 
counting jokers. 18. 25 times. 19. 
8” x 10”. 20. 7; red, orange, yel¬ 
low, green, blue, indigo, violet. . 

“B” Team Downed Deady Defeated by 
11-5 By Edison Boys “A” and “B” Teams 

Pershing’s softball “B” team was 
defeated, 11 to 5, on home ground 
by Edison, Monday, March 22. 

The game was fairly close for 
I the first three innings, although 
Pershing was never ahead during 
the game. 

Then, in the fourth inning, a walk 
and a single put two Edison men 
on base. 

Butch Baynes relieved Bobby 
Bowers as pitcher, but the bases 
became loaded and Edison brought 
three runs across home plate, giv¬ 
ing them a lead of 6 to 3. 

Edison gained four more runs in 
the sixth inning and Pershing gain¬ 
ed one at this time. 

The Edison pitchers had a verjr 
good change of pace. 

Pershing may have been defeated, 
but the team took its defeat grace¬ 
fully and of course everyone will be 
rooting for them at their next 


Yesterday I met “Peggy O’Neil.” 
“She’s the Daughter of Rosie O’¬ 
Grady.” Whenever her “Irish Eyes 
, are Smiling” I say to myself. “I’m 
Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.” 
j Last night we went to see “Mc¬ 
Namara’s Band.” They played on 
a beautiful island covered with 
sparkling shamrocks. “And They 
Called It Ireland.” Now I know for 
sure “It’s A Great Day for the 


WANTED: More gossip to keep 
my brain aetive.—Jo Burdett, 

A “cool cat” with loads of per¬ 
sonality (preferably tall, dark, 
and handsome). Call Wanda 

HELP WANTED: Somebody to do 
my English, algebra, Latin, and 
science for me. Sally Bell. ; 

“Amy Lane” to help me get a 
girl-friend. Get in touch with 
Gene Marshall. 

LOST: Many Pershing football 

FOUND: One cute redhead. Bobby 

CLERICAL: Experienced book¬ 
keeper to keep my dates straight 
(history dates) Kathy Johnson. 

SWAP: My intellect for your girl. 
Tom Mayor. 

Ted Stallworth’s 
Restaurant and 
Catering Service 

Bellaire’s Finest Dining Room 

The Book Nook 

5221 Bellaire Blvd. 


Both the “A” and “B” softball 
teams of Pershing beat Deady quite 
soundly on Tuesday and Wednes¬ 
day, March 16, 17. 

The small boys won their game 
6-1 and the big boys won by de¬ 
fault, the final score being 13-2. 

The “B” team got the majority 
of their runs in the first inning 
and the “A” team gained nine runs 
in their starting inning. 

Deady got only one run fronj 
the “B” team. 

Deady forfeited the game with 
our “A” team by default in the 
last of the fifth inning. By this 
time they were trailing 13-2. They 
decided they would rather forfeit 
than go on. 

All in all, both of the Pershing 
teams were on their toes at all 
times and were hitting well. 


Football Intramural 
Winners Decided 

The winners of the boys’ touch 
football intramurals were decided 

The winners were: low seven, 
Vaught; high seven, Brannen; low- 
eight, Bender; high eight, More¬ 
land; low nine, Malone. 

No games were played for the 
high ninth grade. 

The opinion seemed to be than 
the games were played very fairly. 
In a few cases there were acci¬ 
dental mistakes, but these were in 
the minority and the boys showed 
a great deal of skill.' .. AAA- 

Most of the winning tea in 3 
thought that the opposing home¬ 
rooms had fairly good teams, and 
Mrs. Moreland’s homeroom gave 
credit to Mr. Thomasson’s home¬ 
room for being a very hard team 
to beat. 

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[ The best way to watch the road 
is through the windshield. 

Jay walking is a short cut—to 
the hospital. 

, It is wiser to use your brakes and 
be called a fool than to step on the 
gas and remove all doubt. 

An ounce of pressure on the brakes 
is worth a pound on the horn. 

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Published By The Chatter Club of John J. Pershing Junior High School_ 

Volume 22 


Number 6 

Orchestra, Band 
To Give Concert 

The senior orchestra and senior 
band, under the direction of Mrs. 1 
Claire Patterson, will present a 
concert Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 
P.M in the Pershing Auditorium. 

The orchestra, composed of thir¬ 
ty members, will pi-esent a varied 
program from compositions by Pur¬ 
cell, Corelli, Bach, and Handel to 
lighter pieces like “Siboney“Over 
the Rainbow,” and “Jeannine.” Also 
included in the program will be a 
harp solo by Donna Turnery 

The band, a unit of fifty-seven 
members, will play “Allan-A-Dale,” 
“Deep River Suite,” “Hans Chris¬ 
tian Anderson,” “Hey Pedro,” and 
several marches by Sousa and King. 

The concert is open to the public 
and will be free of charge. 

Toga Clad Students Celebrate Latin Week 

.|... ! Many Activities Make 

Interesting Week for J. C. L. 

Chatter Club Visits 
Houston Chronicle 

On Thursday, March 18, the mem¬ 
bers of the Chatter Club and stu¬ 
dents immediately connected with 
tht CHATTER took a tour of the 

The students were excused from 
school at 12:30 P.M. when they 
boarded a chartered bus for their 

After attending- a short intro¬ 
ductory program in the CHRON¬ 
ICLE’S assembly room of the Pro¬ 
motion and Research Department, 
Mr. T. M. Wadley, an employee of 
this department, took the group 
through the plant. 

The students were conducted 
through the advertising depart¬ 
ments, the city room, the compos¬ 
ing room and the press room. 

One of the points of interest 
was the “morgue.” This was merely 
the department where old copies of 
the paper were kept. 

The trip was both interesting and 

Art Students 
Win Awards 

Pershing had nine keys and cer¬ 
tificates presented to its students 
in the Scholastic Art Contest held 

The awards for the contest were 
certificates of merit and gold 
achievement keys. All the key-win¬ 
ning paintings were forwarded by 
the regional co-sponsors to Carnegie 
Institute for national judging. 

The students that won keys were 
Sandra Militzer, Sarah Oliver, Suz- j 
anne Phillips, and Kathryn Town- i 
ley. Sandy painted two pictures, of 
school life and received two keys. 
Sarah, Suzanne, and Kathryn paint¬ 
ed transparent water color paint¬ 

Judy Oelfke, Gene Harris, Sandy 
Militzer, and Marjorie Trulan won 
certificates. Judy painted a scene 
in the U. S. A., Marjorie painted 
an observation of environment, and. 
Gene and Sandy used water colors 
for their work. 

Latin students, clad in tunics and togas, roamed the halis 
during Latin Week, March 15-19, and slaves served their mas¬ 
ters by polishing shoes, carrying books, and performing other 
menial tasks for the entire week. 

Latin students prepare for the slave auction, held during Latin Week. 

Governor Proclaims 
Student Council Week - 

; The week of March 22-28 was proclaimed by Governor 
Shivers as Student Council Week in Texas, 
j in his official proclamation Governor Skivestated “At 
! a time when thoughtful people all over the U.S. are seeking 
j to encourage more widespread participacion m puolic affaii s, 
I it is especially appropriate to ' 

I recognize the important work Then he added, “There is no bet- 

that is being done by student P***" the ~ 

I Limb ib wcu i row to learn how to render valu- 

councils to promote good gov- a ^i e public service than in their 

eminent.’ own cDllirmromoJ n-eironwotirmc 

Slaves Auctioned to Highest Bidder J 
“Io! Romani! Do I hear twelve 
sesterces?” was the cry of auction¬ 
eer, Dirk Dierking, at John J. Per- 
| shing Junior High School on Fri- j 
day, March 12, at the annual slave 
auction held in the school auditor- j 
ium. Tim Jacobs acted as scribe 
and Ann Milton was there to take 
the money of the highest bidders, j 
This event marked the first of | 
many activities scheduled by the I 
Junior Classical League. 

Flowers for the Teachers j 
Tht entire student body was re- | 
minded of the celebration all week j 
by the fresh flowers on their teach¬ 
er’s’ desks, compliments of the j 
J.C.L., and by displays throughout 
the school advertising the value of 

Gods and Goddesses 
In Assembly Program 
The J.C.L. was in charge of the 
three auditorium programs for the 
week and presented “Living Pic¬ 
tures from Classical Mythology,” 
featuring the more prominent gods 

limb m ucius uuu C ^ - row to learn how to render vaiu- 

1 councils to promote good gov- a ^| e p U kij c service than in their 
| eminent.” own self governed organizations. 

I ___ The experience .gained in- such 

group activities familiarize young 
T) i Q , II people with democratic principles 

DOSt UpCllCY like majority rule, fair compromise, 

_ , i respect for minority opinions, and 

1 S Announced the significance of exercising the 

voting privilege.” 

Barbara Axelrod, high seventh During the week, the Texas As- 

grader from Mrs. Brannen’s home- sociation of Student Councils held 

room, became Pershing’s champion its annual conference at Martin 

speller on Tuesday, March 9. High School in Laredo. Speakers 

_. „ -»*■ included Dr. Gerald M. Van Pool of 

Dianne Duncan, of Mrs. Richard- . ,. - (ji,,!..!. 

, - 44 , q vTmnpr the National Association of Student 

r havtrXbTh Councils; Dr. Willis A. Sutton, aj 

up, ndvuig you th leader and pi0 neer m the pu- 

able * . pil participation movement; and 

As Pershing’s champion, Barbara ^ j ^ Edgar, our state Com-; 
will compete against champions (Contimled on Page 4) 

from the other elementary and jun¬ 
ior high schools for the champion- . ' ——0 T 

ship of the Houston area. T% 1 ft T\ 9 

If she should win this she will ti0Cl LFOSS DF1V0 

receive valuable prizes plus a free _ ~ 1 J_ 1 

trip to Washington, D. €., for the |g J,§J|lBi0tGCl 
national spelling bee competition. “ 

About 100 contestants from the “The Red Cross Way is the Vol- 
seventh and eighth grades partici- lin teer Way.” 

pated in the Pershing spelling bee. We care _caring for others, be- 

j interested in other people, has 

A B * J A C l many names, it is kindness, it is 

[ 21 1 CUT Gnu /l OpUYe being a good neighbor, it is unself- 

A1 . T , ishness. But just caring is not 

Recently Mrs. Alice Long’s sev- J 

enth period English class acquired enough. 

a student teacher. Miss Crossman, The Red Cross Club of Pershing 
who works with Mrs. Long. bad a Red Cross Drive recently 

Unknown to the class, Miss Cross- and collec ted $74.04. The largest 

man could not be present one day ^ frQm ^ 0ralena 

each week. , . 

On the day she was absent, the Ferrell’s homeroom. This room con- 

class came in, sat down, and went tributed $7.51., with several home- 
to work. rooms coming in close behind. 

Suddenly George Kesler sat up T b e Red Cross Club has 27 mem- 
and looked around, his brows knit ^ ^ ^ fche help of the Mg h 
in an expression of seriousness and , . - D _ 

wonder, said, “Mrs. Long, where is seven students, the drive 

lour spare teacher?” success. 

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Red Cross Drive 
Is Completed 

“The Red Cross Way is the Vol- 

A Pair and A Spare 

P. T. A. Chooses \ 
New Officers 

New officers for the John J. 
Pershing P.T.A. were elected at the 
last meeting held March 2, in the 
school auditorium. 

The new officers are as follows: 
President, Mrs. Ralph Charlton; 
vice president, Mrs. W. C. Weyer- 
man; recording secretary, Mrs. E.C. 
Farmer; corresponding secretary, 
Ms. Wendell Hamrick; treasurer, 
Mrs. Jack' Coleman; membership, 

! Mrs. J. G. Whitehurst; parliamen¬ 
tarian, Mr. Boh Ridley; publicity, 

1 Mrs. H. J. Chavonne; extension, 
Mrs. John Brand; historian, Mrs. 
Leslie Moses; home service, Mrs. 
Carl Aiken, Jr.; public welfare, 
Judge Bell; education, Mrs. . Ora- 
lena Ferrell; health, Mrs. D. C. 
Strong; instrumental aid, Mrs. C. 
E. Reitz. 

The new officers will be installed 
at the May meeting. 

The next P.T.A. meeting will be 
held April 13. Mrs. Virginia Per¬ 
kins will be in charge of the pro¬ 
gram. The music classes will en¬ 
tertain with Easter music. Dr. 
Alexander Fraiser will be the speak¬ 
er for the evening and the subject 
of his talk will be “Spiritual and 
Moral Training.” 

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History Classes 


Mr. Clyde Thomasson’s world his¬ 
tory classes have been conducting 
a drive for C. A. R. E. 

The total earnings of $112.63 will 
go towards buying supplies for Ko¬ 
rean children and their families. 

and ' goddesses, and narrated by 
George Rose. They also presented 
“The Labora of Hercules,” a bur¬ 
lesque in shadow-pictures, narrat¬ 
ed by Larry Wolf, and accompan¬ 
ied on the piano by Mary Alice 
House. Those participating in the 
program were: Chappy Scurlock, 
Clark Bennett, Betty Conrad, Jim¬ 
my Croley, Patsy Todd, Sandra 
Schoenfield, Helen Monroe, Mike 
Broyles, Tim Jacobs, Kent Watts, 
Linda Nicholson, J u d i t h Helmie, 
Carol Browning, and Robert Eseh. 

Plans for Convention 
Latin Week is only one of the 
highlights of the school year for 
the Latin students, for by giving a 
dance and selling schedule pencils 
and candy, they have been earning 
the money to help pay their ex- 
I penses to the State Convention of 
; the Junior Classical League to be 
held in Waco on April 2-3. About 

y of the iixty-seven members 
of the club plan to attend. They 
| will attend workshops and ex¬ 
change ideas with students from 
all over the state. The members 
also hope to attend the first Na¬ 
tional Convention in San Antonio 
on June 13, 14, and 15. 

Officers for Spring Semester 
Lary Wolf and Bette Conrad 
reigned as king and queen of Lat¬ 
in Week. The officers for the spring 
semester are as .follows: president, 
Mary Alice House; vice president, 
Sandra Schoenfield; secretary, Tim 
Jacobs; treasurer, Ann Milton; and 
reporters, Larry Wolf and Anita 
Holder. The club sponsors are Mrs. 
Anne Robertson and Mr. John Ham- 

Flowers Win 
For Four Girls 

The International Flower Show 
was held in Houston at the Sham¬ 
rock from March 12 to the 15. 

Five Pershing students entering 
the flower show won ribbons. Wan¬ 
da Phears, a member of Mrs. Leg¬ 
gett’s homeroom, received a tri¬ 
color ribbon, meaning outstanding, 
on her entry in “Texas Sunshine.” 
Marilyn Mott entered in “Modern 
I Gaiety” and won a blue ribbon. She 
I is a member of Miss Moreland’s 
homeroom. A blue ribbon was 
awarded to a member of Mr. Han¬ 
sen’s registration, Patricia Issacs,’ 
on her arrangement entered in 
“Grandmother’s Bouquet.” Marie 
Cheatham who is in Mrs. Richard¬ 
son’s homeroom received a red rib¬ 
bon for the entry in the “Home, 
Sweet Home” division. Also receiv¬ 
ing a red ribbon was Jeannxe Kober- 
ling, a member of Mrs. LaVerne’s 
homeroom. She entered her ar¬ 
rangement in the “Teen-age Coke 
Party” division.